The Morrilton man accused in the Nov. 18 armed robbery of the Arkansas Federal Credit Union asked the court Monday for more time to hire a private attorney.
Demitris Maple, 31, pleaded not guilty to aggravated robbery and theft of property Nov. 21, and stated he would hire a private attorney.
At his court hearing Monday, before Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio, Maple said he had attempted to "holler at" an attorney, but had not hired one as of yet.
Maggio set Maple’s next court hearing for Feb. 3 to allow the defendant more time. When first presented with the February date, Maple asked the court if there was a later date, however, the court denied the defendant’s request after the prosecution stated that one month should be adequate time to hire an attorney, given Maple has been in custody since November.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Troy Braswell also informed the court he would have amended felony information at Maple’s next court hearing after discovering the defendant had a prior felony conviction.
Maple petitioned the court Dec. 30 to ask for a possible reduction in charges. In his letter to Faulkner County Circuit Judge Ed Clawson, who presided over the defendant’s arraignment, Maple writes if he was able to receive reduced charges, and receive a chance "back in the real world," then the next time "you hear my name it will be positive."
Maple is accused of robbing AFCU’s Conway branch, located at 220 Skyline Drive, on Nov. 18.
According to police, a black male entered the bank with a gun around 10:45 a.m., and demanded money. Due to witness statements and surveillance footage, investigators were able to pinpoint Maple as a suspect.
A day later, Maple was apprehended by authorities in Pope County after leading multiple agencies on a vehicle-pursuit from Morrilton to Pottsville, an affidavit states. While being interrogated, Maple admitted to the robbery.
Maple is currently being held at the Faulkner County jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond. If convicted of aggravated robbery, a class Y felony, Maple would face 10 to 40 years or life in prison.
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